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May 2, 2020 1:03 PM CST
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Hello, I am new here. I am trying to identify a plant I have inherited and I think it is a pereskia aculeata. My mother-in-law inherited it back in 1969 and she has had it ever since, keeping it in a pot in Illinois. Keeping it outside in our hot summers and inside the rest of the year. It has never bloomed in all the years she has had it but she inherited from her mother-in-law that brought a start home with her from California saying it had the most beautiful flowers. It has thorns and the leaves look similar to photos I have seen online. The leaves change to red. I hope that is what it suppose to do when it is healthy. We have know idea if it likes the sun, shade or how much water. I have it in my sun room most of the time but have put it out on the porch in warm weather where it gets some sun and some shade during the day.
I repotted it not knowing what type of soil is best for it. I put it in a mix of regular potting soil. What do you think?

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May 3, 2020 4:12 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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Like other members of the genus Pereskia, these plants are unusual cacti with spiny non-succulent stems and large leaves. One way to know for sure is younger stems have hooked thorns.

The potting mix needs to have a lot of drainage like a cactus palm mix. So be very careful with the potting mix you have, because it will be very easy to over water. Let the top 2 or 3 inches of soil dry well before watering again.
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